Look, I know it sounds weird, but there is something just so incredibly awesome about a device that enter the world for the first time (in my mind) in its new owners hand. I almost always have to hold back tears during sweet, emotional moments like this.
Don’t judge me.
Now, before I publicly admit that I redo the unboxing of my own devices over and over again, take a look at this interesting take on the unboxing of a Sony Xperia Z3 from retailer Carphone Warehouse:
Users of the app have yet another reason to be happy: the constant improvements, culminating (temporarily, we hope) in the latest update, which is rolling out now.
Version 3.2 brings (per the Google Play page):
* Notifications screen redesigned for better readability
* Post upload notification improvement with new thumbnail and progress bar
* Post list now auto refreshes
* Infinite post swipe in the Reader
* Swipe between photos in the photo viewer
* QuickPress widget fixed
* Pull to refresh widget will tell you if network is not available during airplane mode
* Various bug fixes
WordPress remains free on the Play Store. For users that are interesting in being involved in the app’s beta process, the WordPress Google+ page is the point of contact.
Total Eclipse Games recently announced that its popular iOS title A Clockwork Brain will be coming to Android before too long.
A Clockwork Brain is collection of puzzles and brain training teasers that reached the coveted 1 Million-download mark on the App Store; according to the Total Eclipse blog, the game should be available on both the Play Store and the Amazon Appstore this winter.
The new release should be followed by a new update that brings new features like new mini-games, a revamped in-app purchasing store and multiplayer.
Frankly, this is one we can’t wait to see; we’ll keep you posted as more details are revealed.
G5′s time management hit Stand O’Food is going free for a limited time.
In Stand O’Food, you have to feed a host of hungry patrons before they leave in a huff! In the game, you can choose between Quest mode and Lunch Rush mode, with more than 100 levels to complete and over 80 sandwiches recipes master. Slap together burgers and cook up some bacon as quickly as you can! But it’s not all about speed – you’ve also got to plan ahead. Put the sandwiches together in the correct sequence, and set yourself up so you can make the next sandwich without difficulty. Earn money to purchase condiments and upgrade your equipment to serve tastier food even faster than before. Stand O’Food will satisfy all of your cravings!
The offer is good from October 29th through October 5th. The game is available on the Play Store.
True Android adherents know that guessing Android version code names is discipline to be enjoyed. Since Cupcake, gaining bragging rights by figuring the name of the next alphabetized sweet is serious stuff.
Of course, Google wrecked many a bet by usurping the last fan favorite (Key Lime Pie) with KitKat.
Well, where up to “L” now, and Google fanned the flames by putting out the next developer’s preview — code named L — and Android geeks worldwide are in a naming frenzy. Licorice? Lemon Drops? Lemon Meringue Pie? Something with Lemon in it?
No doubt, there is a pooled bounty going on somewhere.
The eagle-eyed folks at Phandroidjust might have figured it out.
Phandroid notes the atypical lollipops at the top of the cake. Yes, that looks like a good sign right there:
Phandroid, quite familiar with Google’s penchant for red herrings, is careful to hedge its bets. Layer Cake maybe? In any case, hats off to Phandroid if this guess is indeed correct.
Video sharing social service Vine just unveiled a new update that adds in some interesting new features.
Per the Google Play page, the new features are as follows:
We’ve unlocked something new: new camera tools that offer additional, more advanced ways to edit your videos, and you can import existing videos from your phone.
In the capture screen:
A new button on the bottom left to access your camera roll
Preview videos of any length, and trim them to 6 seconds or less
Upload a single video, or mix and match to tell a story!
Undo last recording
Flashlight for recording in low light
In the edit screen:
Duplicate a clip, or trim a clip
Letters From Nowhere: A Hidden Object Mystery has just received a new update.
Version 1.4 b brings new scenes, mysteries, quests, items and more. Per the official press release:
The fresh 1.4 update of Letters From Nowhere™: A Hidden Object Mystery has arrived on Google Play and Kindle Fire today! In this exciting update, you will reveal more mysterious secrets of Hazewich, experience three new scenes, a new mini-game, 150 additional quests, 54 new items for eight different collections, social sharing, improvements and tweaks.
After updating this grade-A, hidden object adventure to its latest version, you will get to explore the Mansion Yard, the Dining Room and the Bathroom in its new location – the Sinister Mansion, and find new clues about the fog that covers your town. Collecting key items along the way is crucial for your progress, since the more collections you compile, the more hints and special tools you earn. If you are hunting for more challenges, this update will satisfy that wish as well – a new mini-game “Stone Puzzle” has been added for some intense entertainment. You’ll have to move tiles and put together pictures that become more difficult every time you succeed.
And now you’ll be rewarded for bragging too. Share your mastery with your Facebook or Twitter friends and get bonus stamps to progress even faster! Weeks of involving gaming experience are awaiting you with these additions. Check it out for yourself! Download the Letters From Nowhere: A Hidden Object Mystery 1.4 for FREE to your Android device now.
What’s New in Version 1.4:
MORE QUESTS MEANS WEEKS OF FUN – 150 exciting new quests will keep you on the tip of your toes. Do you have the skills to discover the truth behind the mysterious events?
EXPLORE FASCINATING NEW SCENES – Search three engaging scenes in a new location – the Mansion Yard, Dining Room and Bathroom. Unlock these scenes and share with your friends!
LOADS OF NEW ITEMS IN NEW COLLECTIONS – Track down 54 new items for eight different collections. Find them all and enjoy even more rewards!
TACKLE AN INTRIGUING MINI-GAME – Get ready for a challenging new mini-game called the Stone Puzzle!
Letters From Nowhere: A Hidden Object Mystery is available for free (with in app purchasing) on the Play Store.
Fans of Candy Crush Saga and Pet Rescue Saga that use the Amazon Appstore are in for a treat: for a limited time, if one buys a a booster in-app in any of the games, one gets unlimited lives for two hours.
It is a limited time offer that is running from September 26th through September 28th 2014, so make hay while the sun shines.
Both games are massively popular titles from developer King; they both feature variations on match gameplay. Puzzles are a part of the latter, and boosts and such make up a good portion of the gameplay.
Both Candy Crush Saga and Pet Rescue Saga are available for free (each with in-app purchasing) on the Appstore.
One of my favorite tracks from back in the day was a mellow joint from ice Cube called “You Know How We Do it.” It rocked tight beats, a haunting baseline and lyrics to die for (“…they wanna have me in stripes like Dennis the Menace…”). Good times.
But hey, did you know this jam, like many of its era, is a testament to production prowess. Did you know that the song sampled components of earlier music by Kool & the Gang, Evelyn King, Mary Jane Girls and even a traditional folks song?
This is what Whosampled does to you. It makes you a musical researcher via it’s database of sampled music information.
Unfortunately, all this goodness is available to more people; Whosample has new app available for Android users. Excerpts from the press release:
WhoSampled, the popular music discovery website and iOS app powered by the world’s largest database of sample-based music, cover songs and remixes, today announced that the app is now available on Android as a free download. With over 270,000 tracks from over 95,000 artists, WhoSampled offers a unique experience that directly links up artists to the music that influenced them and charts their influence on contemporary music.
The launch of the Android app will help showcase how the music of the 90’s is influencing today’s charts, with the biggest hits of recent times having incorporated samples of classic tracks from the decade that bought us stone washed denim, Baywatch and Dumb & Dumber. The 90s resurgence is led by Nicki Minaj’s recreation of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s 1992 then controversial classic “Baby Got back” on her new smash hit “Anaconda” and Iggy Azalea’s re-interpreting mid-nineties movie “Clueless” in her video for global number one hit “Fancy”.
Music’s evolution continues to be cyclical, with music producers continuing to raid their parents’ record and CD collections for inspiration. The biggest new artists of today, including Ariana Grande, Drake, Kid Ink, Jeremih and Duke Dumont, have drawn inspiration from 90s greats such as Whitney Houston and Wu-Tang Clan, as well as dancefloor anthems by Snap! and Robin S.
Users of WhoSampled can discover the “DNA” of the music they listen to and love. The app provides detailed information on songs, including what other songs have sampled them, what artists have covered music from other artists, and what remixes were then made for a track. WhoSampled allows users to explore the musical connections in their own music collection.
The game is a real-time FPS that allows for head-to-head combat, and also features a built-in upgrade mechanism. per the official PR release:
NHN Entertainment, a leading mobile game publisher and developer, announced that its newest game, Top Tank: Last Tank Standing, is now available on Google Play. Top Tank is a military-based FPS game that features a matchmaking system that pits players against each other in real-time, head-to-head shootouts worldwide. Players who master the easy-to-play, intuitive, tilt-control system with their mobile device can declare victory in battle and be crowned the Tank Commander.
Top Tank: Last Tank Standing was selected as ‘Google Play New & Updated Games of the Week’ shortly after its Global Launch. Top Tank is designed to engage mobile gamers of all types with its fun and immersive gameplay experience as they pimp their tanks and use them to battle against the strongest tankers around the globe.
The game is available for free (with in-app purchases) on the Play Store.
Google/Niantic Labs’ augmented reality title Ingress is getting a new update with an interesting new feature called “Missions.”
Missions look to encourage players to visit portals and completing specific actions, like hacking or capturing, and may then ask the player to use clues to solve a puzzle required to move on to the next step of the mission. The new missions can be accessed via a new Missions tab in the Ops section.
In a move that simply makes sense, the developers have also further merged functionality sets of Ingress Missions and its other app Field Trip. Using the this dataset allows for the potential to direct Missions players to Field Trip locations.
Additionally, to start, a select number of users will have the ability to create their own Missions and share with players. The plan is to eventually open up the feature to players level 5 and above.